Brigham and Women's Integrated Spine Center APPs

At the Brigham and Women’s Integrated Spine Center, we have a team of centralized Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) who conduct triage visits to help expedite care. These clinical team members can see both nonsurgical and surgical diagnoses and ensure patients are directed to the right clinical intervention. Learn more about our team below.

Meet Our Team

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Tamera Karikal, PA-C  |  View profile

I’m from Framingham, MA, about 30 mins west of the city. I graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelors in health science and a minor in chemistry and then MCPHS University: Worcester for PA school. I shortly after moved into the city to start working for the BWH: Spine Center and started June 2023.

Locations: Chestnut Hill


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Brianna Lee  |  View profile

I grew up in Long Island, NY, and transitioned to Naples, FL, during my fundamental years. Moving to Florida opened my eyes to the world of medicine given the vast number of outpatient clinics and hospitals. I worked in multiple specialties as a medical assistant while obtaining my bachelor's of health science at Florida Gulf Coast University. One of those specialties included pain management where I was able to build a foundation in learning how pain impacts patients' lives emotionally and physically. I decided I wanted to continue to expand my medical knowledge and applied to MCPHS Boston PA program 2019 class. I graduated in 2022 and have had the honor of being a part of BWH Spine Center and Pain Medicine since 2/2023.

Locations: Hale Building, Chestnut Hill


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Jessica Robinson, PA-C  |  View profile

I’m originally from Mantua, NJ, about 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia. I graduated with a B.S. from The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ in 2020 with a dual major in biology and psychology, then graduated from Salus University in Elkins Park, PA with a M.M.S. in physician assistant studies in 2022. I moved to Boston shortly after graduating from PA school and have been working at the BWH Spine Center since February 2023, which is my first job as a physician assistant. I love Boston and consider it to be my new home, but I will always be a Philly sports fan!

Locations: Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital


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Amy Vayda, PA-C, MS  |  View profile

I have been at BWH Spine Center since the triage role and APPs were incorporated in July 2021 (so going on three years at this point). BWH Spine Center is my first role as a physician assistant since I graduated from Boston University in late 2020. I am originally from central Massachusetts (West Brookfield). Prior to returning to school to become a physician assistant, I worked in a hospital-based non-surgical weight loss program in Rhode Island as an exercise physiologist for five years. Outside of work, I enjoy Crossfit and trying new restaurants.

Locations: Chestnut Hill, Foxborough

Access Center

The Brigham and Women's Spine Center has a dedicated access center poised to schedule appointments across the various disciplines associated with spine care (neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation). To request an appointment or make a referral to the Brigham and Women's Spine Center, please call one of the numbers below.

Request an Appointment:  Spine Access Center Phone: 877-777-2134

Refer a Patient:  1-800-MD-TO-BWH (1-800-638-6294) or fax 617-525-5954. View a list of referral options.

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